Icelandic Schools Teaching Boys To Be Like Girls & Girls To Be Like Boys
The expression “boys will be boys” is no longer the norm in Iceland
Some schools in Iceland are defying stereotypes in the name of equality by making boys play with dolls, paint their nails and give massages, as the girls are encouraged to be noisy and jump from trees.
A network of 20 nursery and elementary schools aims to counter stereotypical gender roles and behaviors from an early age by using what is known as the Hjalli teaching model which was founded by self-described radical feminist Margrét Pála Ólafsdóttir.
While the country is consistently ranked first in the world for gender equality, the Hjalli model is considered progressive even in Iceland.
RT reports: While still considered radical by Icelandic standards, the network has grown to cater to eight percent of all nursery-age children in the country since the first school opened in 1989.